Openings & Closings: Bistro Des Artes, Iguana Joes & More

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A lot of restaurants have opened and will be opening soon in Houston.
This week several big name chefs and restaurant owners spoke about their newly opened and to-come restaurants. Oh yeah and Iguana Joe's apparently got a lot of people sick and is shut down temporarily. But enough of the gross news, let's get back to some openings we are pretty excited about.

Eater Houston notes that Georges Guy came out of retirement for the third time to open Bistro Des Artes. The restaurant will be opening at 12102 Westheimer and is definitely going to be a French-inspired place to eat. Eater reports that the restaurant will have a rotating display of art from several different artists, as well. The restaurant takes the place of Mumbai Spice and will serve lunch and dinner every day except on Tuesdays.

Grant Cooper and chef Charles Clark have paired to open two new restaurants in Rice Village. Eater Houston spoke with Grant Cooper about these two new concepts, Coppa Osteria and Punk's Simple Southern Food, which Cooper says they will "take classic Southern ingredients from here all the way up the food to the Carolinas and basically give it our chef's interpretation." There might even be fried chicken offered one day of the week. You can't complain about another southern-food restaurant, especially from these two people.

Coppa Osteria will most likely open in August, if the construction process goes according to plan. Cooper says the restaurant will have a neighborhood feel to it, with a pedestrian storefront where he says you can grab a slice of pizza to go.

The Houston Chronicle reports country singer Toby Keith is bringing one of his chain restaurants to Houston in the West Oaks Mall. "I Love This Bar and Grill," based off his hit song, was supposed to be open during the spring of this year, but according to the general manager of West Oaks Mall, the restaurant is close to 90 percent complete. The restaurant will serve barbecue and customers can enjoy live country music while they eat and dance.

The Leader reports
that Wakefield CrowBar opened on Thursday, June 20, in the Garden Oaks-Oak Forest area serving lunch and dinner items like salads, burgers, shrimp baskets, and fish n' chips. Starting Saturday, June 29, the restaurant will serve breakfast on the weekends.

Scott Beale
Pappasito's Cantina will open inside Hilton Americas soon.

Eater Houston reports
from a tipster that Pappasito's Cantina is opening inside Hilton Americas and will be taking the place of former Spencer's For Steaks and Chops restaurant inside the hotel. Hilton Americas wants to give out-of-town guests a taste of some of the best cuisine in Texas -- Mexican food.

KHOU reports
that Mickey Gilley announced on his Facebook page that he will bring back his Pasadena bar, Gilley'sthat burned down 20 years ago. brought attention to the Pasadena area for its country theme. In order for him to rebuild his famous club, he needs to raise a minimum of $3 million.

It seems like every week a new wing bar is opening in Houston. This week, Pluckers Wing Bar, based in Austin, is set to open at 1400 Shepherd, taking the place of the recently closed Maggie Rita's, according to the Chronicle. Swamplot says that the restaurant was started by two University of Texas freshmen and will serve the staple wing bar items, like beer and even Dr Pepper-flavored chicken. Yum. ESPN said it was a top five sports bar in North America, as noted by Eater.

Fielding's Wood Grill should be opening in The Woodlands in the Research Forest shopping center, soon, according to Swamplot. There are not too many details about the restaurant's cuisine, but it should be opening in the fall. More details will most likely come after the restaurant decides to put up a sign or logo on the storefront.

B4-U-Eat's newsletter points out that El Taco Tote Real Mexican Grill location on Westheimer closed this week, as well as the Spicy Pickle on West Gray.

Post Oak Grill in Sugar Land
is closing, but the owner has decided to reopen it with a new name: Veritas Steak and Seafood. The Chronicle says that the owner wants to try something new by adding more steak and seafood items to the menu.

According to a reviewer on Fajita Express' page on B4-U-Eat, the restaurant has closed in Stafford on West Airport Boulevard and has been replaced by a burger restaurant.

Sandy Witch Sandwich Company finally has their menu posted online. Eater Houston broke the news about the restaurant's menu filled with sandwiches and sides that follow the witch theme, such as the Alistair Crowley, a sandwich with shredded steak, onions, house-made beer cheese whiz and a house marinade, or the Witch of Endor complete with slow roasted pulled pork, house pickled slaw and spicy mayo. Sandy Witch Sandwich Company will be open July 5 inside the Grand Prize Bar.

For those of you who miss Zake Sushi Lounge, you will be excited to hear that another sushi restaurant has taken its place on South Shepherd. Onaga Pan Asian Bistro offers Asian Fusion dishes for lunch and dinner and has Happy Hour every weekday from 4-7 p.m.

Cork Grinders Coffee and Wine Bar opened in Baytown on Wednesday, June 26. The coffee and wine bar will also serve craft beer later in the evenings.

On Saturday, June 29, D & T Drive Inn will have its grand opening, as reported by B4-U-Eat's weekly newsletter. Head on over to the restaurant at 1307 Enid for free samples off its menu, along with beer specials.

Location Info

Iguana Joe's

5710 E. Sam Houston Parkway N., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Mumbai Spice - CLOSED

12102 Westheimer, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

I Love This Bar & Grill

1000 W. Oaks Mall, Houston, TX

Category: Music


6445 Richmond, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Hilton Americas Houston

1600 Lamar St., Houston, TX

Category: Music

Spencer's for Steaks and Chops - CLOSED

1600 Lamar, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Maggie Rita's Modern Mex - CLOSED

3601 Kirby Drive, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

El Taco Tote Real Mexican Grill - CLOSED

6154 Westheimer, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Spicy Pickle - CLOSED

1440 W. Gray St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Post Oak Grill - CLOSED

1550 Lake Point, Sugar Land, TX

Category: Restaurant

Sandy Witch Sandwich Company - CLOSED

1010 Banks St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Grand Prize Bar

1010 Banks, Houston, TX

Category: Music


2946 S. Shepherd Drive, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Zake Sushi Lounge - CLOSED

2946 S. Shepherd, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

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Onaga on Shep has no chance and you can quote me on this, zero chance making it...Fiesta store bought sushi is the Tony's of sushi compared to this place...


Sage on West Alabama (or Greenbriar Sage, or whatever they're calling it) reopened this week after being closed for a couple of years. They're offering $1 pizza slices and have a pub-like menu posted out front. Seemingly no web presence, no advertising, and from the looks of it, no customers yet... but they're open.


People still review restaurants on b4UEat?

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As long as you don't get negative. Otherwise your "review" won't make it.

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